Q and A with Debworks

deb_athenastemplegifQ and A with Deb Brown

Why did you leave corporate America in the first place?

I had a job as an insurance underwriting assistant.  While I was very good at it, I detested working in a cubicle 29 floors above the ground.  It’s important that I have interaction with people – and I wasn’t getting enough of that.  So went out into the real world and started selling luggage.

Is it true you’re the oldest social media speaker on the circuit?

Nope, I’m not on the circuit.  And I’m not the oldest either.  I am 55 years old and in my age bracket, I am an early adopter.  It doesn’t feel like it though.   I hang out with people smarter than me, and those guys are the early adopters. I am having a great time constantly learning though.  I recommend everyone go get a free Twitter account, follow some smart people and get involved.

Do we really need social media in the Midwest?

Nope.  We don’t need it.  If you do business in your own little neck of the woods and know how to talk to your neighbors, pick up a phone once and awhile, get involved in some local organization or two and your business is booming – then you don’t need social media.

But for the rest of us – global is the new local.  We’re reaching out to people outside of our own counties.  It’s no longer a big deal to talk to someone in the United Kingdom or Japan or Australia.  Where I live, Facebook is the new newspaper.  We check it often throughout the day to see what’s going on.  Even the local newspaper is on Facebook and giving us teasers before the paper comes out!

How can you help my company?

I’m not sure I can.  I don’t know anything about you yet.  The first thing we need to do is sit down and talk.  We can do that over the phone, in person and certainly online.   The objective is to provide you and your company the things you need.  Part of the process is helping you decide what you might need, and what you might want.  It all begins with a conversation.

How much do you cost?

That all depends on what we decide we are going to do together.  Your first ½ hour with me is free.  It’s a good time to ask all the questions you want and for us to determine if we even want to work together.  The majority of what I do is project based, and priced accordingly.   My ideal customer is one who learns along the way and sooner or later no longer needs me!

19 Random Things About Me

I’m left handed.

I love to talk.  Really, I love to tell stories.

I was born in Iowa, spent 30 years in Chicago, and now I’m back in Iowa.

My dad thinks he has magnets in his shoes and that’s why he can’t fly. He also has Alzheimers.

My mom is my rock.  I want to be her when I grow up.

I read.  A lot.  I have a book in every room in my house, in my car and my purse.

Twitter has given me new friends, and we’ve met in real life.

I use green products in my home and for my health – Melaleuca.

I believe network marketing is going to create fortunes for a lot of my friends.

I’ve been writing stories since I was 7.  It’s always been my goal to be a writer.

I went to University of Iowa Journalism Camp one summer.

I’m the first born and only daughter.

I’d rather drive the back roads to get somewhere.

I never get lost – I can always find my way back.

I travel like a local.  I like to visit a place, stay awhile and do what the locals do.

You’ll see my camera when you see me.  I really don’t leave home without it.

I act in local community theatre.

I’m writing a book.  Maybe fiction, maybe not – the reader will decide.

I can do lemur calls.


  1. Steve Woodruff on March 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

    OK – never yet seen/heard someone do lemur calls….!

  2. Deb on March 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Steve –
    Glenda Watson Hyatt, Becky McCray and I are all experts at it. It’s a long wonderful story that I’ll have to share someday.

  3. Deb on March 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Where’s the *like* button?

    Oh, and thanks for the advice on Google Reader. I’ve been adding all of my favorite blogs to it today. I can see it’s going to be really handy. Another baby step on my way to an Organized Life.

  4. Shelly Caldeira on March 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    We are quite a bit alike!

  5. deb on March 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Deb – I think there is a plug in for that! I’ll work on adding it. Glad you are getting some use out of the Google Reader – it does make it a little easier.

    Shelly – like minds and all …, visit you in Hawaii!